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Woodchuck's Apprentice

Cookstove Profit, Energy Intentionality, and Quality of Life

In my last post I quoted David Holmgren, a co-founder of Permaculture, who says we should think about what is worth investing in by asking ourselves whether an investment will benefit our children and grandchildren. That perspective was common to our ancestors just 2 and 3 generations ago, before we became so highly dependent upon meeting our(…)

Reflections on the State of Society and Why I am Studying Permaculture

Reflections on the State of Society and Why I am Studying Permaculture

My attention has moved from annual crop production to long-term, permanent crop production. I am certain that real wealth will not be found in bank accounts and retirement accounts – which the Federal Reserve is systematically destroying (whether intentionally or out of ignorance and hubris I don’t know, and it doesn’t matter). Wealth is to(…)

Time Constraints Force a Reevaluation of My Priorities and Methods

Farming has taken on a new seriousness for me, so I have violated my initial principle of doing everything on the cheap. This last summer, for example, I bought a 17′ x 28′ greenhouse. I did get it used, of course, for about 1/3 its new price, and at a third less than the seller(…)

Taking Stock, 2012

This blog has been neglected – there’s just no getting around it! As I posted last December, Hurricane Irene put a hurt on Vermont. I was immediately involved in local recovery efforts, and then became part of a FEMA-funded recovery program that lasted until late October, 2012. In addition, my mother-in-law – who lived with(…)

After Hurricane Irene

Vermont was hit hard by Hurricane Irene. Here in Plymouth, several families lost everything and many others were severely damaged by the  raging waters. The north end of town, where I live, was cut off from the outside world for a week, except that some enterprising Emergency Response Team residents cut down some trees and(…)

I Found a Use for a Beekeeper’s Suit

Last night some animal tipped over one of my beehives. It wasn’t badly damaged, so probably not a bear. Quite possibly a raccoon, skunk, woodchuck (wouldn’t that be ironic?) or the like. I needed to tip it upright and re-establish it on its wooden base. Since I don’t own a beekeeper’s suit, I did my(…)